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By John A. Morris and John A. Morris,Staff writer | March 3, 1992
In the eyes of the state, Gail Martin is no more than a stranger to her 11-year-old grandson.Martin said she had hoped to obtain legal custody of her grandson after his parents separated and left him ather house three years ago. But, she said, she has since learned "grandparents stand as much chance of gaining guardianship as your next-door neighbor."The Pasadena resident and former switchboard operator will ask Maryland lawmakers this afternoon to pass legislation that expands grandparents' rights in custody battles with a child's parents and state social workers.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | June 3, 2004
The lawyer for a deported Egyptian grandmother asked the state's highest court yesterday to erase her three-year sentence for helping to spirit her grandson away to Egypt with his mother, contending that anything Afaf Khalifa might have done took place before a new state law increased the criminal penalty. But the Maryland attorney general's office told the state Court of Appeals that the Anne Arundel County conviction should be upheld because Khalifa continued helping her daughter in Cairo after the Maryland law was changed.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer | April 22, 1992
Representatives of two agencies have told a Harford County Circuit judge that a man convicted of child sexual abuse should not be be given legal custody of his 5-year-old daughter because it could emotionally harm the girl.The child has been in hiding with her mother since August, when the woman fled to prevent her ex-husband from having a court-ordered, overnight visit with the girl.The man is seeking full custody so he can hire private detectives to locate the girl and have her brought back to Maryland.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer | April 22, 1992
Representatives of two agencies have told a Harford County Circuit judge that a man convicted of child sexual abuse should not be be given legal custody of his 5-year-old daughter because it could emotionally harm the girl.The child has been in hiding with her mother since August, when the woman fled to prevent her ex-husband from having a court-ordered, overnight visit with the girl.The man is seeking full custody so he can hire private detectives to locate the girl and have her brought back to Maryland.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | June 3, 2004
The lawyer for a deported Egyptian grandmother asked the state's highest court yesterday to erase her three-year sentence for helping to spirit her grandson away to Egypt with his mother, contending that anything Afaf Khalifa might have done took place before a new state law increased the criminal penalty. But the Maryland attorney general's office told the state Court of Appeals that the Anne Arundel County conviction should be upheld because Khalifa continued helping her daughter in Cairo after the Maryland law was changed.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2010
A 37-year-old man took the witness stand Thursday to deny charges that he had sexually abused his own son. The boy, now 8, testified a day earlier in Baltimore County Circuit Court that his father had sought certain acts as "punishment" when the boy misbehaved. Prosecutors say the abuse took place between August 2008 and June 2009, and led to an indictment against the suspect after the boy told his mother about the allegations. The man was charged with sexual abuse of a minor, assault and two sexual-offense counts.
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By FORT LAUDERDALE SUN-SENTINEL | October 29, 1995
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Just as they need a PIN number to withdraw money from an automated teller machine, some Florida parents now must know the secret passwords when picking their children up from school.No password, no child.With so many fragmented families in the community, schools have become a battleground where parents, grandparents and other family members try to snatch children of whom they don't have legal custody.Schoolteachers and office workers say they have been forced to become pseudo-police officers, guarding students from feuding family members.
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February 28, 1996
A 37-year-old Hampstead man who was convicted in August of sexually abusing a neighborhood teen-ager was sentenced to six years in prison yesterday.Prosecutors said the man, whose identity is being withheld to protect the victim's privacy, has a criminal history that includes serving 10 years in prison for sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy.Carroll County Assistant State's Attorney Tracy A. Gilmore said her office had asked Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold...
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By THE DAILY PRESS | October 24, 2006
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge signaled his desire yesterday to re-examine conditions for presidential assailant John W. Hinckley Jr.'s visits to his parents' home near Williamsburg, Va., noting the advancing age of the elderly couple. The man who shot President Reagan and three others in 1981 - and was found not guilty by reason of insanity - has completed at least seven visits to his parents' home in Virginia, lawyers confirmed in court yesterday. While those visits were considered successful, Hinckley's father no longer serves as custodian of his son because of the elder Hinckley's fragile health, prosecutors said.
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By SUN STAFF | May 9, 2003
A 4-year-old girl reported missing last month from Stockton, Calif., has been found safe with her father in Connecticut, with assistance from a Carroll County woman and the Computer Crimes Unit of the Maryland State Police, according to state police in Westminster. Victoria Oswood was listed as missing April 20 by the San Joaquin County district attorney's office, whose investigators were looking for Oswood's father, state police said. The father, John Allen Swanson, 24, did not have legal custody of the girl, police said.
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By John A. Morris and John A. Morris,Staff writer | March 3, 1992
In the eyes of the state, Gail Martin is no more than a stranger to her 11-year-old grandson.Martin said she had hoped to obtain legal custody of her grandson after his parents separated and left him ather house three years ago. But, she said, she has since learned "grandparents stand as much chance of gaining guardianship as your next-door neighbor."The Pasadena resident and former switchboard operator will ask Maryland lawmakers this afternoon to pass legislation that expands grandparents' rights in custody battles with a child's parents and state social workers.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,Sun Staff Writer | June 14, 1995
Air Force Maj. Thomas H. Moss woke from a sound sleep to hear his wife, Frances, saying, "There's a baby in the front yard. There's a baby in the front yard."He thought it was a dream. It wasn't. Still groggy and in his pajamas, Major Moss ran outside to find a crying 4-month-old boy in a baby seat on the lawn of his Delaware home."You hear stories of children being abandoned and neglected all the time. But never in my wildest dreams, believe me, did I ever think it would happen to me. I'm still shocked and amazed," he said yesterday, recalling Saturday's events, which led to the baby being returned home to Baltimore County.
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By Allison Klein and Allison Klein,SUN STAFF | March 28, 2003
The guardian of a 15-year-old girl who was found dead, beaten and emaciated late last year pleaded not guilty yesterday at a hearing in Baltimore Circuit Court. Satrina Roberts, 31, is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse in connection with the death of Ciara Jobes, whose body was found on Roberts' kitchen floor in Southeast Baltimore. She weighed 73 pounds. Roberts was also charged with possession of a deadly weapon -- a belt and electric cord that police say were used to beat Ciara.
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